Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski appointed captain of Vissel Kobe


Former Germany international Lukas Podolski has been named the new captain of J1 League side Vissel Kobe for the upcoming campaign. The 32-year-old joined the Japanese outfit from Galatasaray in July 2017, and he notched five goals in 15 appearances in the backend of last season.

In a report covered by K├Âlner Stadt-Anzeiger, Podolski was pleased to have been offered the opportunity to lead the Far East outfit, he said: “Being a captain is a big responsibility. The most important thing will be to deliver results.” Meanwhile, the notion was shared by a few of his teammates with Daiya Maekawa, particularly, pleased to work under the leadership of the former Arsenal and Bayern Munich man, he wrote on Twitter: “Master and apprentice. I would like to learn from you.”

Unlike his international career, Podolski never really hit the heights at club level, but he nevertheless made a name for himself as he played for several high-profile clubs across Europe. The World Cup winner most notably earned cult status at Arsenal between 2012 and 2015, where he was admired for his ability to score from long-range.

Podolski has another two and a half years left on his Vissel contract, but it would not be a surprise, if he does pursue a fresh challenge in the next 12 months. The German has highlighted the ambition to ply his trade in Brazil before calling time on his career after having enjoyed his time in Rio de Janeiro during his country’s World Cup triumph in 2014.

Germany have gone into a transition phase since their last summer World Cup finals in Brazil, and they have integrated several young and talented players into the fold who will be hoping to make history by helping the nation win the global showpiece in Russia. Joachim Loew’s tested squad went all the way to win the Confederations Cup earlier in the summer.

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